Is Cloud-Based Software Changing How People do Business?

Cloud-based computing is drastically changing how people do business in the modern world. Large scale operations like Amazon Web Services provide companies with massive data processing and analysis that would otherwise require the purchase and maintenance of cost- and space-prohibitive servers. The result is a new model for everything from scientific research to big data analysis to 3D graphic rendering. But cloud computing isn’t reserved solely for the big dogs. A number of software as a service (SaaS) solutions have emerged in the market today that can give small and mid-sized businesses a significant leg up. For example, ERP services provided by companies like are becoming increasingly popular among business owners. Here’s how cloud technology is changing our world.

Increased Mobility

When a business uses an SaaS platform like oracle micros workstations, all of their important information exists in the cloud, and that greatly improves the mobility and flexibility of their staff. As a result, a work from home structure has become increasingly viable even for more modestly sized businesses. Conceivably, some business owners can significantly cut back the costs or remove entirely the need to maintain an office space, since all of their staff can access the information they need and communicate with the rest of the virtual office regardless of where they are. The incentive of this sort of cloud-based model that offers salesforce commerce cloud features also allows more modestly sized businesses to aggressively hire more talented staff. While not as extreme, this level of mobility also benefits the retail and restaurant industries. Through the use of cloud-connected tablets, servers can more easily reference changes to the menu and take orders right at the table, and store clerks can pull up stock, inventory, and pricing information without having to hunt down the information manually.

Giving Businesses a “Central Nervous System”

Point of sale software first developed as a way to ditch traditional cash registers and provide a more nuanced method for handling cash flow and credit card transactions, but in the past few years, new POS technology has grown into something of a central hub for practically every aspect of a business’ operations. Contemporary POS systems allow retailers and restaurateurs to track their inventory, collect important metrics on their customers, and oversee their spending and scheduling. There’s no doubt that cloud capabilities have contributed to this rapid growth. These cloud systems like allow greater saturation by making more advanced software affordable to even the smallest businesses, and the service model results in a software platform that grows in features and accessibility as a matter of competitive necessity.

Removing Financial Barriers

Older technology often required business owners to invest in expensive and often specialized hardware and software, and the local model could mean buying new software every few years, maintaining costly servers, and keeping an IT professional on staff o on call. Even in cases where a business owner could afford this software and hardware, it wasn’t necessarily practical. Cloud-based software, which is typically funded through subscriptions, strips out the overhead and allows users to adapt and change the platforms they use without having to worry about losing a sizable initial investment in the process. That makes the financial barrier to trying new technologies far lower and gives business owners significantly more leverage to experiment with their business models.

Mobile Applications

Reaching out to customers in the modern day means having a web presence, and more and more users are relying on their phones and tablets to do their research and shopping rather than depending on traditional desktops and laptops. Cloud-based systems have made the ability to create and deploy an app easier and less expensive than ever before, and this type of software allows you to more readily unify your online presence with your storefront experience.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Paquito Montero says:

    We are gearing towards the era of barrier-less businesses and that truly make those with the web presence in the upper echelon of lording it over those with non at all, who are still not trusting the cashless, physical less presence offices. They are the traditional type businesses of hard core leadership. Great article Kally!

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Paquito.

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  2. Patty says:

    The thing that worries me about this kind of business…safety.

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    1. Kally says:

      Almost everything I know is hackable. It’s scary how much info we have up in the cloud. It’s like a goldmine of information for a hacker.

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      1. Patty says:

        Call me old-fashion, but I stick to a separate hard-drive and USB-sticks haha

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        1. Kally says:

          My husband built our own little cloud at home so I can access to it and save whatever I want without worrying the loss of data.

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          1. Patty says:

            Ah yes! We’re looking into that too 🙂

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